Showdown in Ikoyi as Ultimate Golf Challenge returns
In a game that can only be likened to the famed ‘Showdown in Sherwood,’ a one-day event that pitched the then world number one, Tiger Woods, against Spaniard Sergio Garcia, nicknamed El-Nino, the serene site of the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 will witness a showdown of some sort in a season ending winner-takes-all Ultimate Golf Challenge, which tees off at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 on Thursday.
This year’s event will feature the best professional golfers drawn from the PGA of Nigeria Order of Merit List. The 36-holes competition to be played back-to-back, same day, will see the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, performing the ceremonial tee off.
The competition, which is already generating much interest in the golfing community, is the second in its series. At stake is a N2 million prize money and other prizes for Most Birdies, Nearest to the Pin and Longest Drive.
Chairman of the organising committee, Akin Semowo, said the event is the first of its kind in Nigeria and by extension West Africa, designed to promote and grow professional golf in the country.
“Nigeria’s professional golf is still developing, but we all have to contribute to its growth.”
So, we came up with this idea as a way of engendering its growth and development,” Semowo said, adding, the ‘Ultimate Golf Challenge’ is the promoter’s contribution to the development of golf and professional golf in the country.
Expectedly, the likes of Sunday Olapade, Nigeria’s highest ranked professional golfer, Francis Epe, Ikoyi Club highest ranked and defending champion, Andrew Oche Odoh, are gearing up for the Ultimate Golf Showdown, which will equally feature Ghana’s number one golfer, Vincent Torgah and USPGA professional golfer, Toks Pedro, who started his golfing career at Ikoyi Club and flew in from his base in Orlando Florida determined to cart away the prize. Ultimate Golf Challenge is sponsored by POLARIS Bank and JAMZ Group with support from Mactay and several individual golfers in Ikoyi Club 1938.